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Kettle Moraine State Forest

W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53190
262-473-7501
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Ranked #10 of 86 attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Forests, State Parks
Activities: Cross-country skiing
Description: Split into two "units" south and north of Milwaukee, both sections contain part of the Ice Age Trail, a 1,000-mile trail throughout Wisconsin.
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stevens Point WI
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Kettle Moraine is a beautiful place. We cross country ski here and also snow shoe. In the fall it is a great place to hike, the colors are awesome. There are a variety of trails for every interest. Every season this is the place to be. Cost, just a state park sticker!

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We've visited the southern unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest several times within the past year. The scenery is absolutely wonderful whether you visit during summer, fall, or winter. We went cross-country skiing on the John Muir trails a couple times this winter. The trails are well groomed and offer a good variety, though the difficulty level ramps up pretty... More

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Milwaukee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I've only traveled to the Zillmer Trail in winter for cross-country skiing. The trails are beautifully groomed and the scenery is gorgeous as you get an upper and lower view of the moraines. Most of the trails run through wooded areas. There are three trail systems that are loops and provide varying degrees of distance and terrain, depending upon your... More

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Did one of the rustic camping sites. Short walk to bathrooms, no showers or running water. Will definitely book a more modern site next time, it was a 20 minute drive to take a shower. Very pretty walking/hiking trails. Firewood available for purchase. Very relaxing and quiet.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I like to go bicycle camping and find a wonderful experience at Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. Even though I had to break camp in the rain, I still enjoyed my experience at Ottawa Lake in the Southern Unit. Bicycle campers can always find a site at Ottawa Lake. I also took a photo of some sandhill cranes feeding right... More

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

If you like hiking, biking, kayaking the Kettle Moraine Northern Unit is for you. Not only can you camp there, but they have great activities for all ages. Recently they had a Halloween Nature Hike in the Long Lake Recreation Area. Volunteers dressed up as forest creatures helped to educate the kids but also was great fun. Trails were lite... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

For all you hiking enthusiasts, Kettle Moraine is an ideal location. We hiked several trails in the southern unit. We hiked the Emma Carlin trail- beautiful. It has marshes, prairies, various foliage. The hike has some hills but overall it is manageable. A must see!

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Palmyra, Wisconsin
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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Southern unit has wonderful long walking, hiking , xcountry ski, horse riding, biking trails something for everyone. Hike up to bald bluff where black hawk Indians had signal fires in years past, paradise springs, Ottawa lake, scuppernong and wonderful natural areas in Eagle and Palmyra and near Dousman. LaGrange has a bicycle shop with delicious food. Towering pines, lovely moraines... More

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Mauthe Lake has a nice beach area and a 2 mile hiking trail around the lake. Mauthe Lake is about a 1/2 hour north of West Bend. They have campsites and also a teepee that can be rented! It was a nice place to spend an afternoon :)

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Cumberland, Wisconsin
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is a small 32 site campground. The sites were well spaced and a nice size. The night we camped, there were only four or five other campsites occupied, so it was very quiet. It was easy to forget we were right on the highway on the east side of Hartford, WI. We could hear the trains, but that's nostalgic... More

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